MintBox 2 now available for order for $599 (Mini-PC with Linux Mint)

Compulab is now taking orders for the MintBox 2, a tiny, fanless desktop PC with an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. It’s also one of the few computers to come with Linux Mint pre-loaded.

You can order the MintBox 2 from the Compulab website for $599. It should be in stock at Amazon by the end of September, and it’s expected to hit Europe in October.

MintBox 2

The Mintbox 2 measures 7.5″ x 6.3″ x 1.6″ and , weighs 2.5 pounds.

Full specs include:

  • Linux Mint 15 “Olivia”
  • Intel Core i5-3337U Ivy Bridge processor with 17W TDP
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • 4GB of RAM (upgradable to up to 16GB)
  • 500GB 2.5″ hard drive (which you can also upgrade)
  • mSATA socket
  • 2 eSATA ports
  • HDMI 1.4a + DisplayPort 1.1a
  • S/PDIF 7.1 channel audio
  • 2 Ethernet jacks
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • RS232 serial port (UART)
  • Mini PCIe slot (shared with mSATA) and half-sized mini PCIe slot (used for the WiFi card)

The computer comes with a 5 year warranty, although the hard drive is only guaranteed for 2 years.

While the MintBox 2 has a much faster processor than than the original MintBox, which featured an AMD G-series processor, you can still order the MintBox Pro (2012) model for $439. That price gets you a model with an AMD G-T56N processor, 8GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive.

Compulab also offers a range of mini PCs under the Fit PC brand for $275 and up at Amazon. What really makes the MintBox special is that it’s sold in partnership with the developers of Linux Mint, and it’s guaranteed not only to support Linux Mint 15, but future releases as well.

Five percent of revenue from sales goes to support the Linux Mint project.

  • Psychonerd

    The things are too expensive…. Build a mini PC yourself and save money!

  • BoloMKXXVIII

    The things are too expensive…. Build a mini PC yourself and save money!
    Psychonerd
    Agreed…but donate to Linux Mint if you use it!

  • http://rivercitygis.com/ Rayner

    Absolutely ridiculous price.

  • Bill Smith

    I assume you meant HDMI rather than HDMA.

  • agumonkey

    Gigabyte just released brix with core i3 to i7 starting at half this price (they have half the io ports and aren’t fanless though).

  • http://www.itrush.com/ IT Rush

    Agree, cut it down and I might consider trying one of these..

  • Aralk1970

    Great idea. What would be perfect is a dvb-c -s -t decoder card that actually works with linux. Then it would be a tv pvr media centre delight

  • Michael Thompson

    I would also like to register howls of derisive laughter at the unrealistic pricing scheme chosen by this company.
    Maybe it’s a typo?
    It better be a typo…

  • John

    Realtek and Ralink chips? If so then pass.

    As for the price, it makes sense. You’re paying extra for the small sealed fanless design. Making your own version is going to cost more unless you give up size. Even getting a NUC or BRIX device and buying one of the sealed fanless cases for them can cost quite a bit.

  • Mark H. Harris

    The more they sell, the cheaper to produce. This is a fabulous price for the size, processor, ports, and preload… simply fabulous.

    I have been running Mint on my mac mini for some time now… this new version of the mint box is going to replace my mac mini; and so long. I welcome this version of minty freshness.

    As for those of you who think you can build this machine for less money— well go for it ! I think personally you’re being a tad bit short-sighted— you won’t build a fanless Intel Core 15 machine with all these ports and the slim footprint for less than $600. –now way. I’ve built my share of machines, and I know. … even if you could find the case !

    These things are gonna be great gifts coming up Christmas time… just saying.

    Thanks Mint guys and dolls…

    Cheers